IDA Credit: USD$33 Million
TERMS: Maturity = 40 Years; Grace Period = 10 Years
GEF Trust Fund Grant: 4.5 Million USD$
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The objective of the Increased Access to Electricity Services Project of Zambia is to increase access to electricity services and improve efficiency and quality of the electricity distribution system in targeted areas. The project has three components: (1) Zambia Electricity Supply Company (ZESCO) efficiency improvement: including reinforcement of existing distribution networks, intensification within existing grids in peri-urban areas, and energy efficiency and demand side management; (2) access expansion: including grid extension to rural areas, isolated grids such as mini-hydro, and solar technology for schools, clinics, commercial establishments, and household market; and (3) technical assistance for both ZESCO and the Rural Electrification Authority (REA).